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Get ready for the release of Jack Kerouac's "lost" Haunted Life

Kerouac's Naval Reserve Enlistment mugshot, 1943
Author's collection

Mysteriously lost in 1944, Jack Kerouac’s pencil-scrawled manuscript resurfaced in a 2002 Sotheby’s catalog, having been discovered years earlier in the closet of a Columbia University dorm room.
Now, as we approach the novel’s 70th birthday, Da Capo Press will publish The Haunted Life in its entirety for the first time (March 2014).
The Haunted Life is a personal elegy to youth—for the young men lost to war and for the lonely wanderers left behind. Kerouac revives his own recently-deceased friend, Sebastian Sampas, as the novel’s protagonist, Peter Martin. A Boston College student home for the summer, Martin struggles to come to terms with the recent economic crisis and the United States’ impending entrance into WWII. He weeds through the conflicting voices of his peers and his parents—including a compelling and controversial portrayal of Jack's father, Leo Kerouac, recast as Joe Martin—as he formulates his own views of the changing nation.
Written during a troubled and momentous year for Kerouac, this book offers an insider’s look into a critical period in the author’s emerging career.
And so we wait.

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